Heights boys

Harker Heights senior Cameron DeLaney goes up for a layup over Cedar Hill’s Charlie Middleton on Tuesday in Waco. Heights defeated Cedar Hill for its first playoff win in two years.

After its first playoff win since 2011, No. 11 Harker Heights was simply looking forward to the next quarter.

That’s the stripped down approach the Knights are taking these days as they prepare to face No. 19 Flower Mound Marcus in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs at 6 p.m. today at Glen Rose High School.

“Just keep listening to our coaches, playing hard and trying to win each quarter,” senior Cameron DeLaney said after the Knights’ win against Cedar Hill on Tuesday.

The Knights figure to be in good shape if that mentality leads to performances like Tuesday, when Heights held Cedar Hill below double digits in each quarter of a 53-33 win.

Head coach Celneque Bobbitt harped on the importance of postseason defense after the Knights’ regular-season finale against Killeen. And Tuesday, he said his team learned from its first meeting against the Longhorns in the Austin Westlake Holiday Classic. That explained the improvement on the defensive end of the court.

“The main deal is that we did a great job of building triangles as we call it,” Bobbitt said. “Actually playing real good help side and passing the man off some of the time because they run their dribble drive a lot of the time, and they were real successful with it in the second half of the game we played them (in December).”

Heights has not played Marcus this season but isn’t taking the Marauders lightly and rightfully so.

Marcus has considerable momentum after a 75-44 rout against Irving to open the playoffs.

So, with a chance to return to the regional quarterfinals for the first time in two years, Heights isn’t looking ahead.

Instead, the Knights are honed in on the only game, or quarter that is, that matters. And that is the next one.

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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